Washington D.C.'s free monthly comics paper, BASH! Magazine is moving from print to web format. Here's the press release from editor Jonathan Hampton:
For Immediate Release, February 12th, 2009
BASH! MAGAZINE MOVES FROM PRINT TO WEB FORMAT
So begins the next incarnation of BASH Magazine. We've put seven issues featuring exclusively comic content onto the streets of Washington, D.C. in a big way, approximately 20,000 copies of each. We've grown our pool of artists and brought a unique form of comic storytelling to thousands of people who would have never been exposed to it. Producing and distributing BASH Magazine in this way is a helluva lot of fun and, we believe, worthwhile. But, it has not been sustainable. As a niche magazine fighting for print advertising dollars in a recession, let us say simply, "Yikes." That said, we're ready to usher in the next age of BASH Magazine.
Beginning in March, we will stop monthly printing of the free comic paper. Our website, www.bashmagazine.com - which has heretofore redistributed the paper content with a few extras - will become the focus of our time and efforts. We will continue to showcase unique comic storytelling from a variety of artists. Additionally, this freedom will allow us to provide more content to a growing audience. Our artists, our readers, and us - we love to see comics on a printed page. As such, we haven't closed the door on printing: keep an eye out for special printed collections in the future. But, as of now, BASH Magazine Online will be our focus. A whole new website is in the works. We'll keep you posted on its progress and launch date.
Until then, we remain,
You can find work on the BASH! Magazine comics calendar from I Know Joe Kimpel and Center for Cartoon Studies artists Colleen Frakes, Bryan Stone, Sean Ford, Dan Archer, Jeff Lok, and Morgan Pielli.